A ceiling cornice is essentially a type of cornice application. Cornice refers to any kind of decorative or utilitarian framework that is fixed along the top edge of an existing structure. Cornices are used in the interiors and exteriors of a home. A cornice has many practical and aesthetic applications. Roofing cornices are used as an overhang wherein they help to drain-away the rainwater. In the designing perspective, ceiling cornices are used as decorative elements for filling the joint-lines wherein the ceilings meets the vertical walls. Ceiling cornices and window cornices are among the most commonly-used household cornices. Some decorative and practical ideas for ceiling cornices have been listed below:
1 - Customizing Cornice Moldings
Cornice moldings are the most affordable form of internal cornices used in domestic spaces. Cornice moldings are easy-to-handle and can be installed by homeowners, without any professional help. Every ceiling cornice molding is attached to the ceiling using some adhesives and nails. The entire process needs minimal woodworking skills.
To establish a more structured design in the room, the appearance of the cornice moldings should complement the window treatments or the window cornices. Usually, subtle shades are recommended for interior cornices like ceiling cornices. Dark or excessively-bright cornices tend to garner too much attention, negating the presence of the other decorative elements in the room. Similarly, bright ceiling-cornices tend to have a restricting affect on the room, making it look smaller than its actual dimensions. Thus, colorful but restrained, matching window and ceiling cornices are the ideal choice.
Usually, cornice moldings made of wood or ceramic are used. Ceiling moldings are perfect for concealing permanently wet spots in the ceiling. Their appearance can be accentuated by aligning recessed lighting fixtures along the outer edge of the molding. This creates a unique look wherein it seems as if the light is coming-off devices installed within the ceiling.
2 - Using Cornice Fascias
In a very strict definition, cornice fascia refers to multiple moldings running along above the roof sidings. However, contemporary cornice fascias are commonly used for decorating the interior of homes also. Cornice fascias are amongst the most regal-looking of cornice options. Offered referred to as decorative ceiling moldings, they are deemed to have a certain degree of Victoria-style elegance. The fascia is usually much expensive than plain-looking cornices, having an intricate design filled with multiple patterns. Every cornice fascia is essentially a highly-decorative cornice consisting of multiple bits of ceiling-mounted moldings.
The fascia moldings can have a conventional, box-shaped or the more modern, soffit-based design. The fascia cornice can have either an open or an exposed configuration or a combination of both. The quarter-round configuration is not recommended as a molding choice for cornice fascias. This type of molding is unable to blend with the ceiling’s straight edges. The more ornate type of molding is the best choice. Basically, any form of cornice molding that offers one, uniformly-flat and one easy-to-maneuver, embellished side is best suited for this purpose.
Making and installing cornice fascias can be easily done by homeowners themselves using basic, household supplies and some cornice-based kits that are easily available. Most cornice fascias are very sturdy, being secured by an underlining of caulk to form the waterproofing layering, further strengthening the fascia.